Imagine you are hungry, specifically for fish. Do you really have time to wait around for fish to be cooked when you could simply encase it in a luxurious cylinder of rice and call it dinnertime? Today's Groupon serves the sea's friskiest foodstuffs raw in a rolling rice roll rolled right into your pearlynets: for $20, you get $40 worth of sushi, sake, and Japanese cuisine at Japon Bistro, the Pasadena eatery that Citysearch named one of the Best LA Sushi Restaurants in 2007 and Zagat rated "very good to excellent."
Contemporary French cuisine that features locally grown seasonal ingredients and the latest techniques to create dishes that are truly inspired. Behind our sushi bar Master Sushi Chef Hiroshi Kawahito uses the freshest ingredients to create small works of art that are as pleasing to the eye as they are the palate.
Diners at Sushi Area 909 wash down sashimi, teriyaki, and 62 fresh, creative sushi rolls with 15 types of sake and 12 different beers. The Soy Lovely roll cradles crispy shrimp tempura with tooth-easy crab and fresh lettuce ($8.95), and the Viva La Vegas roll combines four kinds of fish with avocado, cream cheese, and a roulette-wheel garnish ($7.95). Diners can also sink incisors into fresh sashimi such as the spicy-tuna plate ($10.95) or slurp tangy sauce from chicken, beef, or salmon teriyaki ($9.95–$10.95). All meals commence with a complimentary serving of edamame—tender, lightly salted soybeans perfect for launching across tables at unsuspecting dates.
Toro Sushi Bar invites you to join the bite-sized culinary festivities in a chic modern setting. Its menu features a wide variety of hand-made flavorful treats, from sushi to sashimi to full entrees to tapas. Enjoy the geometric perfection of a Creole Roll with crab, veggies, and seared Cajun tuna ($15) or the insistent adoration of the Loveulongtime Roll, which unites shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, masago and tobiko with a duo of eel and dynamite sauces ($15). If you've chosen to don your "Me and My Sushi and Sashimi – No Two Ways About It" custom tee-shirt, head straight into a carefully orchestrated array of blue fin tuna Maguro, octopus Tako, Hawaiian white tuna Ono, Japanese Red Snapper Carpaccio ($15), and the Kobe Beef Tataki with green onions, garlic chips and crispy red onions ($25). For even smaller eats, peruse the tapas menu for calamari, monkey balls (tempura style mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese, spicy tuna, and avocado), and edamame. You can complement your meal with specialty drinks, sake, wine, and beer.
Led by head shushi chef Toshiaki Mizutani, a Tokyo native with more than 30 years of experience, the chefs at Tokyo Bay Japanese Restaurant craft sushi rolls, teriyaki dishes, and crispy tempura-fried entrees from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Its most popular rolls include the Wuz Up Be roll, stuffed with spicy yellowtail, avocado, and green wasabi-flavored tobiko, and the Deadliest Catch roll with snow crab, avocado, mayo, and roe, all topped with grilled eel and a savory sauce. Fuji rolls are filled, volcano-style, with spicy hot sauce, and after taking a bite, diners can put out the flames that erupt from their mouths with Japanese and domestic beer, sake, and wine.
In addition to sushi, guests feast on steak, chicken, and seafood in housemade teriyaki sauce. They slurp down noodle dishes or crunch into meats, vegetables, and tofu coated in tempura batter and fried to a light, crispy finish.
White is the traditional color of an artist's canvas. At Zushi Restaurant, however, the canvases come in shades of aquamarine, cobalt, watermelon, and lemon yellow. It's onto this colorful collection of dinnerware that chefs plate sushi in startling shades and variations, with garnishes such as orchids, orange slices, and wasabi "leaves" completing each still life. The rolls themselves range from simple to elaborate. The standard list includes sushi with a single element, such as quail egg, scallops, or sweet shrimp. By nature a minimalist art form, Zushi's sashimi nevertheless demonstrates inventiveness with the lemon tako—alternating layers of octopus and lemon, accompanied by a blossom-shaped dish of sesame oil for dipping.
It's with the more complex rolls that Zushi's chefs really flex their creative muscles. The addition of heat to the preparation of baked and tempura maki adds contrasting textures and temperatures to the table. The deep-fried california roll sports a cloak of crispy batter. The warm outer layers of the baked barbecue beef roll mask the cool fresh tuna at its core. Heat is also prominent, twice, in the spicy barbecue pork, or once in the shrimp teppan yaki. House saki—served hot or cold—can extinguish or augment the fire in one's mouth, accordingly.